UPDATED: Hughes takes his signs to Town Hall

UPDATED 12:06 p.m.

Christopher Hughes has brought his signs to the lawn of Bethlehem Town Hall, and has had them taken down.

The controversial cop who on Memorial Day posted signs throughout town alleging violence in the police department's dispatcher office showed up this morning to protest in person, and was asked in the late morning to take down his signs. Hughes said he refused and town staff removed them from the lawn, except for two he will carry.

Town Attorney James Potter told The Spotlight that the town's zoning code prohibits signs from being placed on town property

He has a right to carry a sign in protest...but he does not have a right to place signs on town property, he said.

He referenced the same provision as the reason the signs were removed from the parade route on Monday.

Hughes said he is protesting in order to shed light on the actions of dispatcher Eric Kerr, who he said was suspended from the department last month.

Potter would not confirm Kerr had been suspended but did say a telecommunications officer received a 30-day suspension last month.

"The underlying incident involved inappropriate verbal conduct and no physical violence was involved," Potter said.

The dispatcher is back at work and will have to undergo anger management counseling.

Kerr was arrested last year after allegedly pointing a handgun at an ex-girlfriend, but the charges were dismissed after the Albany County District Attorney's office was "unable to satisfy the burden of proof without the testimony of witnesses in the case." He was suspended from duty while the case was ongoing.

Hughes said today his right to free speech is being violated.

"It is my opinion that Chief [Louis] Corsi violated my First Amendment rights when he removed my signs on Monday," said Hughes.

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